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It's on to Cowlitz on Saturday

August 10, 2012

It's another great day down here at the WWHQ after last night's big win at Klamath Falls, which eliminated the Gems from the West Coast League playoffs.

So now it's off to Longview, Wash., where we'll face the Cowlitz Black Bears at 6:35 p.m. Saturday in Game 1 of the best-of-3 West Division playoffs at venerable David Story Field, one of the cooler venues in the WCL.

Game 2 will be played at Goss Stadium (the best venue in the WCL) at 6:05 p.m. Sunday. Game 3 (if necessary) will also be at Goss Stadium at 6:40 p.m. Monday.

Tickets are $11 for reserved (customary sections A, C, D, E) and still $5 for GA. They're available at the WWHQ in Madison Plaza until 5:30 p.m. today; online; via e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or at the stadium on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m.

We need a big crowd at the ballpark on Sunday to help our team, and to get us even closer to breaking our season record for attendance. See you there!

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There was also a festive mood at David Story Field in Longview, Wash., last night. Cowlitz trounced Bend 5-0 to stay alive, and then was rewarded with its first playoff berth when the Knights knocked off Klamath Falls.

This story in The Daily News of Kelso-Longview describes the scene as the Black Bears listened to the final innings of the Klamath Falls-Corvallis game over the stadium PA system (they should have tuned into Kevin Burke and the Knights' broadcast instead) while their playoff future was determined.

Anyway, we're glad to be headed north. We've got a great relationship with the Black Bears; their interns have attended a game at Goss Stadium in each of the past two seasons. They put on a great show at their ballpark, their staff is super-friendly, and we're also looking forward to visiting the all-you-can-eat party deck in left field!

The atmosphere in Cowlitz is great. Our final game there last season drew an overflow crowd of 1,863, a franchise record for the Black Bears (not sure if they topped that this year). We expect another overflow crowd on Saturday night.

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The Black Bears will have one less quality pitcher for the playoffs. WCL all-star Felipe Perez, a UCLA signee, instead signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night for $400,000.

Here are the details, from the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

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The Knights are 7-0 against Cowlitz this season. We won two two-game series in Longview early in the summer, then swept a three-game set at Goss Stadium on Aug. 2-4 in our final home series.

That doesn't mean a thing, however. They're playing well, we're playing well, both teams are 0-0, and they can gain momentum by winning Game 1 at home.

And one thing's for sure: We can't walk anywhere near as many hitters as we did in the four games at Klamath Falls (27), especially at David Story Field, where it's only 300 feet down the left-field line and 340 to the left-center power alley.

I'm sure pitching coach Connor Lambert will address that at practice this afternoon. And our projected starters for Saturday and Sunday, right-handers Trevor Frank of UC Riverside and Rob Dittrick of Pacific University, have combined for just 15 walks in 78.1 innings this summer.

If we throw strikes, I like our chances.

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Visalia third baseman Carter Bell (2009) was 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBIs on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Player of the Day honors. Visalia is Arizona's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League. Carter played at Oregon State.

Lots of honorable mentions today.

* Elizabethton catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 4-for-4 with a run scored in a 4-3 win over Johnson City. Elizabethton is Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A (rookie) Appalachian League. Bo played at Texas Tech.

* San Jose's Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs in a 7-3 win over Stockton. San Jose is San Francisco's affiliazte in the Class A (advanced) California League.

* Binghamton pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) gave up four runs in 6.1 innings, had four strikeouts and got the win in a 6-4 victory over New Britain. Binghamton is the Mets' affiliate in the Class A Eastern League. Peavey played at OSU.

* Lakeland first baseman Dean Green was a combined 2-for-8 with a homer and four RBIs in a doubleheader split with Daytona. Lakeland is Detroit's afiliate in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League; he played at Oklahoma State and Lee University.

* Arizona Athletics' outfielder Dayton Alexander (2011) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run in a 9-4 win over the Mariners. He plays for Oakland's team in the Arizona Rooke League.

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Here are the updated stats on all our Corvallis Knights minor leaguers (all stats through Thursday's games):

NICK AKINS, Dodgers (2007): The former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .270 (31-115) with six homers and 16 RBIs for the Great Lakes Loons in the Class A Midwest League.

DAYTON ALEXANDER, Athletics (2011): The former Feather River College outfielder is hitting .333 (6-18) with a homer and five RBIs for the Arizona Rookie League A's.

BO ALTOBELLI, Twins (2010): The ex-Texas Tech catcher is hitting .208 (10-48) with five RBIs for Elizabethton in the Class A Appalachian League.

TYLER ANDERSON, Rockies (2009): Now with the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon star is 9-2, 2.53, with 59 strikeouts in 96 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE, Padres (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 8-7, 3.19, with 101 strikeouts in 118.2 innings.

TAYLOR ARD, Mariners (2009): Now with Everett in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Washington State first baseman is hitting .286 (59-206) with eight homers and 42 RBIs.

CODY BARTLETT, Blue Jays (2007): Now playing for the Class A Gulf Coast Blue Jays, the ex-Washington State infielder is hitting .130 (6-46), with no homers and two RBIs.

CARTER BELL, Diamondbacks (2009): Now with Visalia in the Class A California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .243 (53-218) with one homer and 23 RBIs.

MICHAEL BLAKE, Diamondbacks (2010): Now with Missoula in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Mt. Hood/Hawaii pitcher is 0-0, 3.86, with one save and 18 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

ALEX BURG, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .272 (73-268) with eight homers and 36 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY, Giants (2010): The former Long Beach State infielder is hitting .247 (45-182) with one homer and 16 RBIs for Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League. vROCKY GALE, Padres (2007, 2009): The former Portland catcher is back with Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League and is hitting .127 (10-79), with eight RBIs.

DREW GARCIA, White Sox (2007): Now with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .253 (74-293), with five homers and 44 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO, Cardinals (2009): Now with Quad City in the Class A Midwest League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 7-7, 4.21, with 95 strikeouts in 107 innings.

DEAN GREEN, Tigers (2008): Now with Lakeland in the Florida State League on a rehab assignement, Green is hitting .265 (18-68), with one homer and 15 RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER, Brewers (2010): The the former Cal Poly outfielder hit .286 (14-49), with a homer and eight RBIs, for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Class A Midwest League before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

CHRIS JOHNSON, Giants (2011): Now at Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Portland pitcher is 1-2, 4.73, with 30 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.

D.J. JOHNSON, Diamondbacks (2008-09): Now with Visalia of the Class A California League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 2-2, 4.95, with three saves and 26 strikeouts in 20 innings.

KYLE KRAUS, Red Sox (2009-10): Now with Lowell in the Class A New York-Penn League, the former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 2.61, with three saves and eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN, Marlins (2010): The ex-UC Davis star is 1-6, 7.96 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League, with 40 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.

THOMAS McCARTHY, White Sox (2010): Now with Great Falls in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Kentucky third baseman is hitting .278 (27-97) with one homer and 10 RBIs.

ADAM MELKER, Cardinals (2008-09): Now with Springfield in the double-A Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .257 (69-269), with seven homers and 24 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL, White Sox (2007): Now on injury rehab from the White Sox with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former Cal Poly star is hitting .200 (13-65), with no homers and four RBIs.

JIM MURPHY, Phillies (2007): Now with Clearwater in the Class A Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .265 (104-393), with 14 homers and 71 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN, Marlins (2009): Now with Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 6-1, 5.68, with 10 saves and 33 strikeouts in 63.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO, Cubs (2008-09): Now with the Boise Hawks in the Class A Northwest League, the former UC Riverside pitcher is 2-1, 1.65, with 17 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

JOSH OSICH, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-2, 3.91, with a save and 26 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY, Mets (2008): Now with Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 6-7, 5.40, with 67 strikeouts in 115 innings.

NICK STRUCK, Cubs (2010): Now with Tennessee in the Class AA Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 13-10, 3.64, with 102 strikeouts in 131 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC, Giants (2009): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .229 (67-292), with seven homers and 38 RBIs.

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That's all for this week. Remember, we're at Cowlitz at 6:35 p.m. Satdurday (KEJO AM 1240) and home on Sunday at 6:05 and possibly Monday at 6:400 if a third game is necessary.


Finally, some resolution to the playoff picture!

August 9, 2012

We'll finally have some resolution to the West Coast League's muddled West Division playoff picture tonight with the end of the regular season.

We play at Klamath Falls and Bend plays at Cowlitz. The outcome of those games will determine who we face in the best-of-3 playoff series, and exactly when it will start. Here's the scenario:

* If Klamath Falls wins, or if the Gems and Cowlitz each lose, the Gems take second place and Game 1 will be played Friday night at Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls.

* If the Gems lose and Cowlitz wins, they tie for second and Cowlitz advances because it won the regular-season series. Game 1 would then be Saturday night in Longview.

Either way, Game 2 is set for 6:05 p.m. Sunday at Goss Stadium. Game 3, if necessary, would be at 6:40 p.m. Monday, also at Goss Stadium.

The East Division playoff series between top-seeded Wenatchee and Bellingham starts on Saturday night in Bellingham. Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) will be in Wenatchee on Sunday and Monday.

The WCL Championship Series will start on Wednesday at the West Division representative's stadium. Thursday is a travel day and the series will conclude in Bellingham or Wenatchee on Aug. 17 and 18, if necessary.

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Some Knights/WCL news briefs:

* Pitcher Aaron Corwin will attend Seattle University next season after transferring from Texas Tech following a coaching change. He's expected to have immediate eligibility.

* Left fielder Nate Blackham of Washington State returned to the lineup last night and had two hits and two RBIs. He's been sidelined since July 25 with a nasty calf bruise.

* Catcher Dane Lund, one of the hottest Knights, will be back in the lineup tonight after missing two games while attending orientation at San Jose State. He'll play for the Spartans next year after spending two seasons at Mt. Hood CC.

* The Knights have established a WCL record for stolen bases. They have 103; Kitsap set the old record (97) last season.

* Klamath Falls has set a WCL record for strikeouts, with 403. The Knights set the old mark of 401 in 2011.

* Kitsap broke the WCL record for most losses in a season with an 8-6 loss in Wenatchee on Wednesday night. It has 39 losses headed into tonight's season finale; the old record was 38, set by now-defunct Moses Lake in 2009. The Jackets (14-39) play six more games this year than the Pirates did in 2009.

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Great Falls 3B/Corvallis native/ex-Kentucky star Thomas McCarthy (2010) hit his first professional homer and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 4-2 loss to Billings on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Great Falls is the White Sox' affiliate in the Class A (short) Pioneer League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Jose catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in a 14-12 loss to Stockton. San Jose is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League.

* Everett first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in an 8-6 loss to Boise. Everett is Seattle's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

* Boise pitcher Eddie Orozco (2008-09) pitched a scoreless inning and had one strikeout to save the aforementioned 8-6 win over Everett. Boise is the Cubs' affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

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Some WCL-related news:

* The former Spokane RiverHawks franchise, on haitus since the 2009 season, could be revived in 2014 in nearby Coeur D'Alene if fund-raising for a new stadium is successful. Here are the details from Ballpark Digest. And here's even more on the story from the Coeur D'Alene Press newspaper.

Coeur D'Alene would be a great addition to the WCL, and if expansion goes as hoped by 2014 our footprint could include British Columbia (Kelowna, Victoria); Washington (Bellingham, Kitsap, Wenatchee, Cowlitz, Yakima, Walla Walla), Oregon (Corvallis, Bend, Klamath Falls, Medford), California (Chico, Redding) and Idaho (Coeur D'Alene).

* And here's more from the Portland Tribune newspaper on the possibility of the WCL, or the single-A Northwest League, putting a team in Milwaukie.

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That's all for today. See you on Friday.

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Wow, what a night in Klamath Falls!

August 8, 2012

We're still shaking our heads in amazement down here at the WWHQ about the incredible finish to last night's game in Klamath Falls, when we scored five runs with two outs in the ninth to shock the Gems 7-6.

It's the largest ninth-inning comeback in Corvallis Knights history. And it makes up for our June 8 loss at Wenatchee, when the AppleSox rallied for three runs with two outs and nobody on in the last of the ninth to beat us 7-6. I guess it proves again that baseball is a cyclical game, and that over time, things do even out.

Here's a story on last night's game from the Klamath Falls Herald & News newspaper.

Our comeback win also made an even bigger mess of the West Coast League West Division pennant race. Klamath Falls and Cowlitz are now tied, with two games left.

Two games ago, Klamath Falls was in the driver's seat. Now it appears Cowlitz has the upper hand, as one more win by the Black Bears, coupled with a Gems' loss, would send Cowlitz into the playoffs.

Here's how it shakes out:

* If Cowlitz wins tonight and Klamath Falls loses, Cowlitz is in because it can do nothing worse than a tie for second, and it has the tie-breaker over the Gems.

* If Klamath Falls wins and Cowlitz loses, we wait until Thursday, since Cowlitz could still tie the Gems.

* If Klamath Falls and Cowlitz both win or both lose tonight, they stay tied and nothing is decided.

* Bend is eliminated. The best it can do is tie Cowlitz, and the Black Bears have the tie-breaker.

* A three-way tie for second place is still possible, if Klamath Falls and Cowlitz both lose their final two games. If that happens, Cowlitz would advance, as it won the regular-season series against Klamath Falls and Bend.

Either way, the Knights are in. If we play Klamath Falls, the playoffs start there on Friday; if it's Cowlitz, they start in Longview on Saturday.

Our home games are set for 6:05 p.m. on Sunday and at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, if necessary. And if we make the WCL Championship Series, we will host Wenatchee or Bellingham in Game 1 on Aug. 15.

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The Knights are back in the "also receiving votes" catagory in Perfect Game USA's summer college baseball Top 30 rankings, compiled by reporter Allan Simpson. Wenatchee (13) is the only ranked West Coast League team; Bellingham also received votes.

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Here are some photos from Greg Mahle's Aug. 3 no-hitter against Cowlitz, from the Nine Inning Knowitall website.

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The city of Milwaukie is taking preliminary steps at investigating the possibility of a West Coast League expansion team, according to this story in Ballpark Digest and this story in The Oregonian.

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Charlotte second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 3-for-4 with a double in a 12-2 win over Indianapolis. Charlotte is the White Sox' affiliate in the triple-A International League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Arizona Rookie League Athletics' outfielder Dayton Alexander (2011) was 2-for-4 with a double in a 4-0 win over the ARL Rangers.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: The playoffs will mark the end of an era for the AppleSox, as veteran pitching coach Rob Hippi will leave the club afterwards and conclude a seven-year association with the team. Hippi is returning to his alma mater, Central Washington University, as its new pitching coach.


We are the champions - again!

August 7, 2012

Lots of smiles down at the Knights' WWHQ, and down in Klamath Falls, last night and this morning as we celebrate our sixth consecutive West Coast League West Division championship.

Whoop! Whoop!

We clinched the crown on Monday night with a 9-3 victory over the Klamath Falls Gems at Kiger Stadium. We now lead the second-place Gems by five games, with three games remaining.

So all that's left is to finish the final three games of the series, and to get ready for the best-of-3 West Division playoffs. This is where the story gets complicated, however.

The top two teams from each division advance (Wenatchee and Bellingham have wrapped up 1-2 in the East). Klamath Falls is one game ahead of Cowlitz and two games ahead of Bend, with three games to play.

If the Gems hold on, Friday's travel day will be cancelled and the playoffs will start on Friday at Kiger. Saturday will be the travel day, and we'd play Game 2 at 6:05 p.m. on Sunday and Game 3 (if necessary) at 6:40 on Monday at Goss Stadium.

But if Cowlitz or Bend tie or overtake the Gems (both teams have the tie-breaker over the Gems) and take second, Friday will be a travel day and Game 1 will be Saturday at Cowlitz or Bend. Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) would be played at Goss on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. and Monday at 6:40 p.m.

So check in at our website, check with the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald and check your e-mails because we'll announce the playoff schedule as soon as possible.

Season-ticket holders will be able to purchase their regular seats. Reserved seats will be $11, GAs will be $5, and punch cards are still valid.

Either way, the best-of-3 WCL Championship Series starts on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the West team's stadium. Aug. 16 is a travel day and Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) will be at Wenatchee or at Bellingham on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.

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Knights first baseman/pitcher Greg Mahle of UC Santa Barbara earned the West Coast League's Player of the Week award for July 30-Aug. 5 for his pitching and hitting, highlighted by his Aug. 3 no-hitter of Cowlitz.

Fortunately for us, the fine folks at KEZI were at the game. Here's reporter Stephen Nelson's story on Mahle's gem, the first in Corvallis Knights history, and the fourth in the history of the Knights' franchise.

And speaking of KEZI, here's their interview with Knights' closer Taylor Starr, shot several hours before Mahle's no-hitter.

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Our Fireworks Night season finale drew a crowd of 2,273, our second-largest of the season and our third of 2,000 or more this summer. We drew 2,930 for the July 2 fireworks, and 2,162 for our June 6 Science and Art Day event.

Saturday upped our season attendance to 39,796 in 31 home dates, an average of 1,283 per opening. We set a regular-season franchise record for total attendance, and are only 408 fans behind last year's record total of 42,447.

We can break that mark if we reach the WCL Championship Series. That would be quite an accomplishment, considering the lousy June weather, our lack of consistent weekend dates, and that last year we included the crowd at the WCL All-Star game we hosted (2,570) in our total.

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Former Oregon State/Knights (2009) pitcher Sam Gaviglio of Quad Cities allowed two hits and struck out eight over six shutout innings and got the win in a 3-1 triumph over Burlington on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Quad Cities is St. Louis's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Former Long Beach State/Knights (2010) shortstop Matt Duffy of Salem-Keizer was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 4-2 win over Spokane. Salem-Keizer is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

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The possible future of a minor-league or West Coast League team in Milwaukie will be decided tonight at that city's City Council meeting. Here are more details from The Oregonian.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Great night at Goss Stadium

August 3, 2012

It was a great night at Goss Stadium on Thursday, where we blasted the Cowlitz Black Bears 8-2 to draw oh-so-close to clinching a berth in the upcoming West Division playoffs.

We can wrap up our sixth straight playoff berth with a win tonight, coupled with a Bend loss. That would guarantee us no worse than a second-place finish; the top two teams in each division advance to the postseason.

We also had a festive, cowbell-clanging crowd of 1,297, upping our season total to 36,144, second-best in the West Coast League and the second-highest total in franchise history. We're 848 behind last year's record pace (42,447), but we've got good promotions for tonight's and Saturday's home games.

* Tonight is our second $1,000 Kid's Dash for Cash, presented by Dr. Curtis E. Trammell. Children 12 and under can battle for $1,000 in $1 bills on the infield. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Saturday is Pioneer Telephone Fireworks Night. It promises to be just as spectacular as our July 2 event, which many fans called our best-ever. Game time is 7:15 p.m., and tickets are going fast.

We also hope to have several home playoff games, but those dates won't be firmed up until later this weekend or early next week.

Either way, we'll see you at the ballpark.

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The Knights did not receive any votes in the most recent Perfect Game USA top 30 summer baseball rankings, compiled by reporter Allan Simpson. Wenatchee (16) and Bellingham (28) are the only WCL teams in the top 30; Kelowna is in the "also receiving votes" catagory.

We have been ranked as high as No. 13 this season, and I suspect we'll receive some votes in the next rankings if we stay on the hot streak that's seen us win 4 of our last 5 WCL games and 6 of our last 7 overall games to improve to 32-21 overall.

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We found this story on the WCL and the Bend Elks in The Seattle Times. It's a short, but nice, read. And here's more from the Oregonian on the possibility of a WCL expansion franchise someday coming to Milwaukie, if the city ever builds a suitable ballpark.

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Clearwater first baseman Jim Murphy, our 2007 MVP, hit a 3-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie in a 5-2 win over St. Lucie on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Clearwater is Philadelphia's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League. The former Washington State star was hitting .324 in his last 10 days entering Thursday's action.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte second baseman Drew Garcia hit a 3-run double in an 8-1 win over Louisville. Charlotte is the White Sox' affiliate in the triple-A International League.

* Lowell reliever Kyle Kraus (2009-10) pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save in a 4-2 win over Jamestown. Lowell is Boston's affiliate in the Class A (short) New York-Penn League; Kraus played at Portland.

* Springfield outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 5-0 win over Arkansas. Springfield is St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. He played at Cal Poly.

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That's all for today. Remember, Dash for Cash tonight and Fireworks on Saturday.


Final homestand starts tonight

August 2, 2012

Our final homestand of the regular season starts at 6:40 tonight when we play the first of three games against the Cowlitz Black Bears.

It's a key series. We lead the Black Bears by three games in the West Coast League's West Division and the outcome will go a long way in determining the identity of the West Division's playoff teams.

Righty Trevor Frank (0-1, 0.81) of UC Riverside is our starter, opposed by WCL all-star Mikey Murray (3-3, 3.61) of Hawaii Pacific for the Black Bears. On Friday, lefty Greg Mahle (1-1, 5.06) is our starter, opposed by Leko Galusha (2-3, 3.80) of Lower Columbia for the Black Bears. Saturday's starters are undetermined.

We can possibly clinch a playoff berth by winning the series. We helped ourselves a lot last night with an 8-3 victory at Kitsap, which gave us a 2-1 series victory.

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Outfielder Nick Torres of Cal Poly was 4-for-5 on Wednesday and is our hottest Knight. He is 12-for-25 (.480) in his last six WCL games and has raised his league average 56 points to .256.

He has a six-game WCL hitting streak and an eight-game overall hitting streak. Let's hope he keeps it going against the Black Bears.

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Our attendance is 34,847 for 28 dates, an average of 1,245 per game. It's our second-highest overall, trailing only last year's record of 42,447, accomplished in 33 dates, including the All-Star Game.

We're 1,023 behind that record pace, but we can still beat it with a strong finish. So help us out, starting this weekend, when there will be a lot going on at Goss Stadium.

* Tonight is a Block 15 Thursday and $1 hot dog night. It's also 70's night, presented by Special Occassions, so dig out your leisure suits, headbands and other clothing from that era and join the fun. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Friday is our second $1,000 Kid's Dash for Cash, presented by Dr. Curtis E. Trammell. Children 12 and under can battle for $1,000 in $1 bills on the infield. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Saturday is Pioneer Telephone Fireworks Night. It promises to be just as spectacular as our July 2 event, which many fans called our best-ever. Game time is 7:15 p.m., and tickets are going fast.

So come on out to the ballpark!

Here's a link to the WCL attendance for all team's league games. The WCL will set an attendance record for the sixth year in a row when all is said and done, and we have a very good chance of finishing second.

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Interesting story in Ballpark Digest about the improbability of the WCL expanding to Milwaukie, should that city ever build a new ballpark and try to lure some form of summer baseball to that Portland suburb.

There's also a story on this in The Oregonian, accompanied by a photo taken at a 2011 Knights game from when the paper was in town for a story on the WCL.

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We don't have a Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day, for today, as the schedule was light and none of our Knights in the minors did much of anything anyways.

So today we'll give you updated stats on all our minor leaguers one day early, since Fridays during a homestand are pretty busy (all stats through Wednesday's games):

NICK AKINS, Dodgers (2007): The former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .250 (22-88) with two homers and 11 RBIs for the Great Lakes Loons in the Class A Midwest League.

DAYTON ALEXANDER, Athletics (2011): The former Feather River College outfielder is hitting .143 (1-7) with a homer and three RBIs for the Arizona Rookie League A's. He was recently re-assigned there after starting the season with Vermont in the Class A New York-Penn League.

BO ALTOBELLI, Twins (2010): The ex-Texas Tech catcher is hitting .136 (6-44) with five RBIs for Elizabethton in the Class A Appalachian League.

TYLER ANDERSON, Rockies (2009): Now with the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon star is 9-2, 2.49, with 51 strikeouts in 90.1 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE, Padres (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 8-6, 3.30, with 97 strikeouts in 111.2 innings.

TAYLOR ARD, Mariners (2009): Now with Everett in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Washington State first baseman is hitting .282 (49-174) with seven homers and 35 RBIs.

CODY BARTLETT, Blue Jays (2007): Now playing for the Class A Gulf Coast Blue Jays, the ex-Washington State infielder is hitting .130 (6-46), with no homers and two RBIs.

CARTER BELL, Diamondbacks (2009): Now with Visalia in the Class A California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .238 (49-206) with one homer and 19 RBIs.

MICHAEL BLAKE, Diamondbacks (2010): Now with Missoula in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Mt. Hood/Hawaii pitcher is 0-0, 2.70, with one save and 17 strikeouts in 10 innings.

ALEX BURG, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .267 (63-236) with eight homers and 31 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY, Giants (2010): The former Long Beach State infielder is hitting .239 (38-159) with one homer and 13 RBIs for Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League.

ROCKY GALE, Padres (2007, 2009): The former Portland catcher is back with Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League and is hitting .136 (9-66), with eight RBIs.

DREW GARCIA, White Sox (2007): Now with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .256 (69-270), with five homers and 39 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO, Cardinals (2009): Now with Quad City in the Class A Midwest League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 6-7, 4.46, with 87 strikeouts in 101 innings.

DEAN GREEN, Tigers (2008): Now with Lakeland in the Florida State League on a rehab assignement, Green is hitting .256 (11-43), with no homers and eight RBIs. The former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder hit .306 (67-219), with nine homers and 38 RBIs, with West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League before being injured.

MITCH HANIGER, Brewers (2010): The the former Cal Poly outfielder hit .286 (14-49), with a homer and eight RBIs, for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Class A Midwest League before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

CHRIS JOHNSON, Giants (2011): Now at Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Portland pitcher is 1-2, 4.61, with 28 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

D.J. JOHNSON, Diamondbacks (2008-09): Now with Visalia of the Class A California League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-2, 4.00, with three saves and 22 strikeouts in 18 innings.

KYLE KRAUS, Red Sox (2009-10): Now with Lowell in the Class A New York-Penn League, the former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 3.24, with two saves and eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN, Marlins (2010): The ex-UC Davis star is 1-6, 8.27 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League, with 40 strikeouts in 41.1 innings.

THOMAS McCARTHY, White Sox (2010): Now with Great Falls in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Kentucky third baseman is hitting .284 (21-74) with no homers and seven RBIs.

ADAM MELKER, Cardinals (2008-09): Now with Springfield in the double-A Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .252 (62-246), with six homers and 19 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL, White Sox (2007): Now on injury rehab from the White Sox with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former Cal Poly star is hitting .240 (12-50), with no homers and two RBIs.

JIM MURPHY, Phillies (2007): Now with Clearwater in the Class A Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .277 (101-365), with 13 homers and 68 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN, Marlins (2009): Now with Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 6-1, 5.82, with 10 saves and 31 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO, Cubs (2008-09): Now with the Boise Hawks in the Class A Northwest League, the former UC Riverside pitcher is 2-0, 1.32, with 14 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-2, 3.91, with a save and 26 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY, Mets (2008): Now with Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 4-7, 5.67, with 59 strikeouts in 101.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK, Cubs (2010): Now with Tennessee in the Class AA Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 11-10, 3.71, with 94 strikeouts in 119 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC, Giants (2009): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .218 (59-271), with seven homers and 32 RBIs.

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That's all for today. We'll wrap up the week on Friday.


Missed opportunity at Kitsap

August 1, 2012

We missed a great chance to put some more distance between us and the rest of the West Division pack on Tuesday night, but we lost 6-1 to the Kitsap BlueJackets. So, Cowlitz and Bend each sliced one-half game off our lead, as they split a pair in Bend. Idle Klamath Falls also picked up a half-game.

We're three games up on Klamath Falls and Cowlitz and 3.5 up on Bend. The Knights (25-21), Klamath Falls (22-24) and Cowlitz (22-24) all have eight games remaining; Bend (21-24) has nine.

But, that's baseball. We'll try to win the series tonight by taking the finale, which starts at 6:35 p.m. at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. WCL all-star Jorge Perez of Grand Canyon University is our projected starter.

We'll return home after tonight's game for our final regular-season homestand, Thursday through Saturday against the Cowlitz Black Bears. The Black Bears made some roster moves on Tuesday that could effect the series, according to The Daily News newspaper of Kelso-Longview.

Now, about the series: There will be a lot going on at Goss Stadium.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday and $1 hot dog night. It's also 70's night, so dig out your leisure suits, headbands and other clothing from that era and join the fun. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Friday is our second $1,000 Kid's Dash for Cash, presented by Dr. Curtis E. Trammell. Children 12 and under can battle for $1,000 in $1 bills on the infield. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Saturday is Pioneer Telephone Fireworks Night. It promises to be just as spectacular as our July 2 event, which many fans called our best-ever. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful and there's no better place to be on a summer night than Goss Stadium!

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Wenatchee defeated Kelowna on Tuesday to clinch an East Division playoff spot. The AppleSox lead Bellingham by 2.5 games and Kelowna by six. Bellingham and Wenatchee open a three-game series at Wenatchee on Thursday.

The divisional playoff round is Aug. 11-13. The best-of-3 WCL Championship Series starts Aug. 15 at the West team's stadium; Aug. 16 is a travel day and the series will conclude on Aug. 17 and on Aug. 18, if a third game is necessary.

The individual awards will be announced in late August or early September and WCL Season 8 will officially be in the books. Then we'll start planning for 2013, when Victoria and (hopefully) Medford join our friendly Northwest fraternity.

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Former Knights' left-hander Tyler Anderson (2009) was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for July 23-29 for his shutout of Charleston. Here are the details of the game that earned him the award.

Anderson pitched at Oregon from 2009-11 and became the first former Corvallis Knight to be drafted in the first round when he was Colorado's selection as the 20th overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft.

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Speaking of former Knights pitchers, Atlanta Braves ace Tommy Hanson (2005) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for a strained lower back. Here are the details from MLB.com. Tommy starred for the old Aloha Knights, the precursor of the Corvallis Knights, in the first year of the WCL.

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Quad Cities pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) of Oregon State allowed one unearned run and had seven strikeouts over seven innings in a 5-1 win over Peoria on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Quad Cities is St. Louis's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Jose outfielder Alex Burg (2008), who was 2-for-4 weith a double, an RBI and a run in an 8-6 win over Bakersfield. San Jose is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League. Burg played at Washington State.

* Salem-Keizer pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) had eight strikeouts in five innings but was the loser in a 3-2 setback against Vancouver. Salem-Keizer is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League. Johnson played at Portland.

* Greensboro's James Nygren (2009) pitched three innings of one-hit, scoreless relief in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to Savannah. Teammate Scott Lyman (2010) gave up one run in five innings in the same game. Greensboro is Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League. Nygren played at Oregon State, Lyman at UC Davis.

* Springfield outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 2-for-5 with a run in an 11-9 win over Arkansas. Springfield is St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. Melker played at Cal Poly.

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That's all for today. See you on Thursday.


Now, let's win the series

July 31, 2012

We won the opener of our current series at Kitsap last night, thanks to a brilliant complete-game pitching performance from veteran Max Beatty, and an offense that exploded for a homer and two doubles among its 13 hits.

Now, let's win tonight's Game 2, take the series, and move one step closer to our sixth consecutive West Coast League West Division championship. Lefty Dylan Stuart of UC Riverside is our projected starter. You can catch the game live on KEJO-1240 AM, starting with broadcaster Kevin Burke's 6:20 p.m. pregame show.

And by the way, if you're in the area, it's a $2 Tuesday at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Silverdale: $2 general admission tickets, $2 hot dogs and soda, and $2 domestic beer. Makes me wish I'd have made the trip!

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Our opponents continue to help us in our quest for that aforementioned division championship. Last night Klamath Falls knocked off Cowlitz so we gained a full game on the Black Bears, our closest pursuer in the title race.

We now lead Cowlitz and Klamath Falls by 3.5 games, and fourth-place Bend by four games. We've got nine games left; Klamath Falls has eight, Bend and Cowlitz 10 apiece.

The top two teams advance to the best-of-3 divisional playoffs, which start Aug. 11. The best-of-3 WCL Championship Series runs Aug. 15-18 (Aug. 16 is a travel day) and starts with one game at the West representative's stadium.

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The Kitsap series concludes at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday night. Then, it's back to Corvallis for our final regular-season homestand, Thursday through Saturday against the Cowlitz Black Bears.

We've got some great promotions for those three games.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday and $1 hot dog night. It's also 70's night, so dig out your leisure suits, headbands and other clothing from that era and join the fun. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Friday is our second $1,000 Kid's Dash for Cash, presented by Dr. Curtis E. Trammell. Children 12 and under can battle for $1,000 in $1 bills on the infield. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Saturday is Pioneer Telephone Fireworks Night. It promises to be just as spectacular as our July 2 event, which many fans called our best-ever. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful and there's no better place to be on a summer night than Goss Stadium!

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Ex-Knights star Brent Morel (2006-07) is now on a rehab assignment with Charlotte in the triple-A International League. He's been bothered since May by a back injury that is finally on the mend.

He was 1-for-3 with a run in a 4-3 win over Gwinnett last night, and will be back in the majors before too long.

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Clearwater first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with a double in an 8-3 loss to St. Lucie to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for Monday. Clearwater is Philadelphia's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League. He's a former Washington State star.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Springfield's Adam Melker (2008-09) was 1-for-3 with a run in a 9-5 win over NW Arkansas. Springfield is St.Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. Melker played at Cal Poly.

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That's all for today. See you again on Wednesday.


Red, white and blue jerseys on sale now!

July 27, 2012

Our red, white and blue patriotic jerseys the Knights have worn several times this summer are now on sale for $100 apiece. Just email us at dan.segel@corvallisknights.com to reserve your jersey.

These special game jerseys will be worn for the last time on Pioneer Telephone Fireworks Night on Saturday, Aug. 4, and auctioned off at the game. But you can make sure you get the jersey of your choice by ordering now.

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Our 10-1 win over Klamath Falls last night gave us a little more breathing room in the super-tight West Division pennant race.

We now lead the Gems by two games and Bend by three. We have 10 league games remaining (3 @ Kitsap; 3 home with Cowlitz, 4 @ Klamath Falls); Klamath Falls has 12 remaining, Bend 14.

That works in our favor, as our players and our pitchers will be more rested entering the final two weeks of the season. We won't be playing every day, but our opponents will.

The East Division is almost as tight. Wenatchee leads Bellingham by one game, with Kelowna four back. Wenatchee and the Bells have 13 games remaining, while Kelowna has 11.

The top two teams in each division advance to the best-of-3 divisional playoffs, which run Aug. 11-13. The best-of-3 WCL Championship Series is Aug. 15-18, starting with one game at the West representative's venue.

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A quick look at the weekend:

* Tonight is Cap Night. The first 1,000 fans get a throwback Knights cap from the Tommy Hanson/Bud Norris era. It's cardinal, with a white block K.

* Saturday is Brent Morel Bobblehead Night. The first 750 fans get a bobblehead of the White Sox third baseman, the first Corvallis Knight to play in the majors.

So come on out to the ballpark. Lots of good stuff going on at Goss Stadium.

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Speaking of getting on out to the ballpark, our Thursday night crowd of 1,125 raised our season attendance total to 32,356, the second-highest in franchise history. The Knights are just 687 fans behind last year's record pace of 42,447.

We have five home games left, not including playoffs, which are no sure thing. We must average just over 2,000 fans a game to break last year's record before the playoffs; that would be quite an accomplishment, considering the horrible June weather, no All-Star Game this year, and that we drew about 2,700 in three playoff games.

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Former UC Riverside/Knights second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 3-for-5 with a double, a three-run homer and three RBIs for Charlotte in an 8-7 loss to Scranton-Wilkes Barre to earn the Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day award for Thursday. Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox' affiliate in the triple-A International League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Clearwater's Jim Murphy (2007) had a two-run homer in a 7-4 loss to Jupiter. Clearwater is Philadelphia's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League.

* Everett's Taylor Ard (2009) had a two-run homer in a 4-1 win over Salem-Keizer. Everett is Seattle's Affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

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Speaking of our Corvallis Knights in the minor leagues, here are the updated stats for our Corvallis Knights in minor-league affiliated baseball (all stats through Thursday's games):

NICK AKINS, Dodgers (2007): The former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .219 (14-64) with two homers and six RBIs for the Great Lakes Loons in the Class A Midwest League. He is on the DL.

DAYTON ALEXANDER, Athletics (2011): The former Feather River College outfielder is hitting .138 (9-65) with four RBIs for Vermont in the Class A New York-Penn League.

BO ALTOBELLI, Twins (2010): The ex-Texas Tech catcher is hitting .162 (6-37) with five RBIs for Elizabethton in the Class A Appalachian League.

TYLER ANDERSON, Rockies (2009): Now with the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon star is 8-2, 2.30, with 48 strikeouts in 83.1 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE, Padres (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 8-5, 3.21, with 93 strikeouts in 106.2 innings.

TAYLOR ARD, Mariners (2009): Now with Everett in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Washington State first baseman is hitting .260 (40-164) with six homers and 33 RBIs.

CODY BARTLETT, Blue Jays (2007): Now playing for the Class A Gulf Coast Blue Jays, the ex-Washington State infielder is hitting .130 (6-46), with no homers and two RBIs.

CARTER BELL, Diamondbacks (2009): Now with Visalia in the Class A California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .238 (48-202) with one homer and 18 RBIs.

MICHAEL BLAKE, Diamondbacks (2010): Now with Missoula in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Mt. Hood/Hawaii pitcher is 0-0, 3.00, with one save and 14 strikeouts in nine innings.

ALEX BURG, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .267 (58-217) with eight homers and 28 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY, Giants (2010): The former Long Beach State infielder is hitting .246 (35-142) with one homer and 12 RBIs for Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League.

JOHN ESHLEMAN, Giants (2008): The San Jacinto JC infielder has been released.

ROCKY GALE, Padres (2007, 2009): The former Portland catcher is back with Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League and is hitting .140 (7-50), with five RBIs.

DREW GARCIA, White Sox (2007): Now with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .256 (65-254), with five homers and 37 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO, Cardinals (2009): Now with Quad City in the Class A Midwest League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 5-7, 4.79, with 80 strikeouts in 94 innings.

DEAN GREEN, Tigers (2008): Now with Lakeland in the Florida State League on a rehab assignement, Green is hitting .182 (4-22), with no homers and three RBIs. The former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder hit .306 (67-219), with nine homers and 38 RBIs, with West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League before being injured.

MITCH HANIGER, Brewers (2010): The the former Cal Poly outfielder hit .286 (14-49), with a homer and eight RBIs, for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Class A Midwest League before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

CHRIS JOHNSON, Giants (2011): Now at Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Portland pitcher is 1-1, 4.43 with 20 strikeouts in 20 innings.

D.J. JOHNSON, Diamondbacks (2008-09): Now with Visalia of the Class A California League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-2, 4.41, with three saves and 20 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

KYLE KRAUS, Red Sox (2009-10): Now with Lowell in the Class A New York-Penn League, the former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 3.68, with one save and eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN, Marlins (2010): The ex-UC Davis star is 1-6, 9.17 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League, with 33 strikeouts in 36.1 innings.

THOMAS McCARTHY, White Sox (2010): Now with Great Falls in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Kentucky third baseman is hitting .293 (17-58) with no homers and seven RBIs.

ADAM MELKER, Cardinals (2008-09): Now with Springfield in the double-A Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .247 (55-223), with six homers and 19 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY, Phillies (2007): Now with Clearwater in the Class A Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .273 (93-341), with 13 homers and 64 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN, Marlins (2009): Now with Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 6-1, 5.86, with 10 saves and 29 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO, Cubs (2008-09): Recently promoted to the Boise Hawks in the Class A Northwest League, the former UC Riverside pitcher is 1-0, 0.82, with nine strikeouts in 11 innings.

JOSH OSICH, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-2, 3.91, with a save and 26 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY, Mets (2008): Now with Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 4-6, 5.64, with 55 strikeouts in 95.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK, Cubs (2010): Now with Tennessee in the Class AA Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 11-9, 3.52, with 91 strikeouts in 115 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC, Giants (2009): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .218 (57-262), with seven homers and 32 RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: LHP Mark Trentacosta (2011), UC Irvine (Cardinals). :


Attendance now No. 2 all-time

July 26, 2012

Tough night at the ballpark on Wednesday, where we lost a game we should have won when Klamath Falls scored three times in the 11th for a 4-1 victory.

We now lead the Gems by a single game and Bend by two in the WCL West. The two playoff participants may not be determined until Aug. 6-9, when we finish the regular season with four games at Klamath Falls.

We do have some good news, though. Our Wilson Motors Night crowd of 1,752 raised our season attendance to 31,231, the second-highest all-time since we moved to Corvallis for the 2007 season.

And that number should grow considerably over the next three nights, as we've got great promotions planned.

* Thursday is State Farm Insurance Rally Towel Night, a Block 15 Thursday, and a $1 hot dog night. So there are lots of good reasons to come on out to the ballpark.

* Friday is Cap Night. The first 1,000 fans get a throwback Knights cap from the Tommy Hanson/Bud Norris era. It's cardinal, with a white block K.

* Saturday is Brent Morel Bobblehead Night. The first 750 fans get a bobblehead of the White Sox third baseman, the first Corvallis Knight to play in the majors.

So come on out to the ballpark. Lots of good stuff going on at Goss Stadium.

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Former Oregon State/Knights pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) of Quad Cities pitched six shutout innings, gave up two hits and had three strikeouts but was not involved in the decision in a 1-0 loss to Clinton on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Quad City is St. Louis's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Ex-Portland/Knights pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) gave up one run in four innings and had four strikeouts for Salem-Keizer in a 6-4 win over Everett. Salem-Keizer is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

* In the same game, ex-Washington State/Knights first baseman Taylor Ard was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Everett, Seattle's Northwest League affiliate.

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Klamath Falls head coach Josh Hogan will miss tonight's 6:40 p.m. series finale as he serves a one-game suspension for bumping home plate umpire Joseph Penna during an argument that ultimately led to Hogan's ejection.

Assistant coach Kurt Lupinski was also ejected, but wasn't suspended. Gems' assistant coach Billy Clontz wlll run the team in Hogan's absence.

Hogan and Clontz, of course, are former Knights players and Clontz was an assistant coach under Brooke Knight from 2010-11.

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That's all for today. We'll update the stats of our Corvallis Knights in the minors on Friday.